Noisettes to say thanks with gig
Noisettes have revealed why they are up for playing The Prince's Trust Spring Ball - to say thank you.
The youth charity has helped the band, who are performing at the glitzy do on March 18, in the years before they hit success with Don't Upset The Rhythm (Go Baby Go), which took second spot in the UK singles chart.
Frontwoman Shingai Shoniwa said: "When I was a teenager, a lot of the extra-curricular activities offered by the school were in association and funded by The Prince's Trust - I used to go to Second Wave in Deptford, where I learnt how to sort out my CV, apply for uni, get funding and to get a computer."
She added: "The Prince's Trust is one of those associations that give back to people in all walks of life and that's important because it's not easy for young people to get into the music business or start their own businesses. It has vision and supports people with ideas - that's what I know about it from my own experience."
Guitarist Dan Smith said the organisation has also helped their drummer establish a recording studio.
"They helped our drummer open a studio in his house, which he runs as a commercial studio. It's very hard setting up your own business these days, and The Prince's Trust help out and offer good support," he said.
:: The Prince's Trust Spring Ball, supported by St Tropez, will take place at The Hurlingham Club in London on March 18.